Oriented strand board or OSB is a cheaper alternative to solid boards and plywood. The material is made using strands or flakes of wood glued together using a special resin. The bonded wooden flakes form a strong piece of wooden board that can be used for a variety of purposes.
The wood used in the manufacture of oriented strand board comes from fast-growing trees such as poplar and aspen. The wooden material is cut into strands, dried and bound together. The oriented strand board is actually used the same way as plywood. The only difference would be the way they are manufactured and the price on the market. The market provides a fluctuating price on OSB and plywood. Most of the time, OSB is a lot cheaper than plywood. Below are some of the best uses of the oriented strand board.
One of the best uses for OSB is flooring. Floors can be fitted with tiles, wooden boards, plywood or OSB. Tiles, wooden boards, and plywood are more expensive material when it comes to flooring. Some homes usually have tiles as flooring because they are more durable and can stand the test of time. However, there are other homeowners who love to use hardwood as subfloors. It adds a natural and decorative effect to the home interior design. Hardwood is a very expensive material and more specifically, the total cost for the entire flooring area is quite high. A more cost-effective alternative to hardwood and tiles for flooring is to use OSB. OSB produces a natural decorative effect that can be compared to those of hardwood floors.
There are many types of material that can be used as walls. Walls can be made of concrete, plywood, hardwood, drywall or OSB. The strength of oriented strand boards may not be as good as that of concrete or hardwood walls, but it does compensate with its cost-effectiveness. It also adds a more natural look to any room it is fitted into.
3. Roof Sheathing
Roofs can be sheathed with many different types of material including corrugated metal, seam metal, and cedarwood. Oriented strand board also offers a good alternative to the roof sheathing. The main problem with OSB sheathing is its vulnerability to weather. When exposed to excessive moisture, it usually absorbs it, causing it to bulge. Nonetheless, there are also OSBs that are designed for external use. They are treated with a water-proof material that allows them to be used in specific locations exposed to the weather.
4. General Use of OSB
The design of the oriented strand board allows using it the same way as plywood. Therefore, it can also be used to build pieces of furniture such as tables, shelves, and cabinets. Plywood usually produces pieces of furniture that are dull-looking unless coated with stain or paint. However, pieces of furniture built using OSB do not require any staining or painting because the design of the board itself can stand alone.